Band & Orchestra Concert

St. John’s Performing Arts continued their Christmas Concert Series this evening with the Band and Orchestra Concert.
The Symphonic Band began tonight’s concert with the “Swashbuckler’s March.”  They performed an arrangement of the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts,” and then “Lost City,” a song composed in the minimalist style.  The Symphonic Band closed their set with “The Banana Boat Song.”
The Concert Band then took the stage to perform two pieces: “March A Doodle Dandy,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”  As a Christmas feature, both bands joined together to perform “The Red Sled.”
The concert continued with the Orchestra, which performed “Erin Isle Sketches,” an arrangement of three Irish tunes, and “Upward Into the Castle Dark.”
The Beginning Strings made their performance debut with “O Come, All Ye Faithful, “and “The First Noel.”
The Intermediate String Ensemble was the next group to perform.  They opened with “Rockin’ Rosin,” and then played an arrangement of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”  The Ensemble continued with “Revenge of the Double Bass,” and closed with “Lord of the Dance,” based on a Quaker song with a Celtic flare.  
The Advanced String Ensemble took the stage and began with an arrangement featuring three of the familiar themes from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”  They then performed “Sleeping City,” and “Afterburn.”  They closed with a crowd favorite, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  
The Wind Ensemble was the final group to perform this evening.  Their first song was “Catalyst,” and then played “Extraordinary Machines of Clockwork and Steam,” a song that brought steam punk to the concert stage.  The group reprised “Fantasy on Yankee Doodle,” from their recent festival performance.  The Wind Ensemble sent everyone off with some Christmas cheer as they played “Jingle Bell Fantasy.”
Thanks for Mr. Hammann for directing the bands and Ms. Higgins for directing the strings tonight.  Special thanks for Mr. Hotaling for serving as tonight’s emcee.
Check back soon for video highlights of tonight’s concert.